Delfina Delettrez sometimes seems like she's from another planet.
The 25-year-old jewelry designer and fourth-generation Fendi is gorgeous, has this preternatural calm about her (the excellent posture helps), dresses ever so elegantly, and yet churns out these freaky, macabre, wildly imaginative creations season after season. But for fall 2013, Delettrez truly was looking to the otherworldly for inspiration. We're talking X-Files stuff here: UFOs, aliens, mysterious lights in the sky. Colorful stones like topaz are meant to mimic unexplained flashes of light in the sky. Stones are set in such a way so that they look "invisible"--you can't see how they're fixed to the metal--and seem to float on the body of the wearer.
So does Delettrez believe? We asked.
Fashionista: How did you arrive at UFOs as part of the inspiration for this collection? Delfina Delettrez: The starting point was the unknown, the supernatural. The idea was to reproduce jewelry that belonged to the past showing them in another futuristic dimension, in almost an artificial way: the tunnel at the beginning of the movie I did with Daniel Sannwald (who also created the imagery below) is a tunnel to the 5th dimension! This is the first time I used topaz, a stone with this UFO-like feeling. I imagined someone in 1000 years finding this jewelry and wondering about who they belonged to first. Especially when you deal with precious stones, jewelry become fragments of eternity and I wanted to represent them in another world, as though they were futuristic fragments.
What fascinated you about aliens and UFOs? A fascination of the unknown, the supernatural, the artificial, the lights, the shapes.
Each collection seems to be inspired by such varied things--how do you settle on that one thing that will inspire the next collection? It's very natural, I am a very curious person, and this curiosity develops in a series of obsessions.
What new technologies did you use this time around? I used for the first time the 'non use' of settings on stones, it's like a violent way of putting stones to me, like if the stones were almost breaking through the metal but it leaves you a sense of floating on the body, like a piece of jewelry that arrived from another advanced planet. I used for the first time natural topaz, which manifests itself in such pop colors. The colors are very strong, so they can look almost artificially modified, they almost mimic the mysterious bright lights of otherworldly stones.
What's your favorite piece from the collection and why? I love the big piercing ring with the quartz and topaz rings. The shape of the quartz reminds me of a space ship!
Do you ever browse the Internet for inspiration? Where do you look? Totally! I could stay days browsing the Internet, navigating all sorts of strange web sites, watching YouTube videos on mysteries. I am fascinated by all those questions that don't have answers.
Click through to see the full collection. Images: Courtesy Daniel Sannwald